Thursday, January 22, 2015

Wendell Minor's GALÁPAGOS GEORGE is a 2015 Cook Prize Finalist

We are pleased to report that GALÁPAGOS GEORGE (HarperCollins) by Jean Craighead George and illustrated by Wendell Minor is a2015 Cook Prize Finalist for a best STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) picture book. These have been chosen by an expert jury composed of Bank Street School for Children and Graduate School faculty members and distinguished alumni.

Presented for the first time in 2012, the Cook Prize honors the best science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) picture book published for children aged eight to ten. It is the only national children's choice award honoring a STEM book. Named in the memory of Don Cook of the Graduate School of Education, and Michael Cook (no relation) of the School for Children, the goal of the award is to encourage excellence in publishing informational books on STEM topics for elementary-aged children.

Third and fourth graders will help choose this year’s winner!

Please join us in congratulating Jean's family and Wendell Minor on this honor.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Wendell Minor's SEQUOIA on The Hiding Spot’s Best Picture Books of 2014

Sara, the Children's and YA Specialist at the Brilliant Books bookstore in Traverse City, Michigan and The Hiding Spot blogger, did a Best Picture Books of 2014 list this year and included on this list is Wendell Minor's SEQUOIA (Roaring Brook). "Tony Johnston's SEQUOIA couples lyric prose with luminous illustrations by the great Wendell Minor," says Sara. "Third person narration propels the story with the majestic sequoia as the protagonist, his wisdom and towering height leaving an impression of a proud yet kindly old man spinning tales for young listeners. This gorgeous read will no doubt be a great addition to any home library, as well as a great resource in a classroom setting."

Wendell Minor is available to visit classrooms and for information on his school visits, just check out Balkin Buddies.

Monday, January 19, 2015


To celebrate Martin Luther King Day, we have decided to honor our Coretta Scott King Award Winners and Honors:


The Great Migration, HarperCollins (Author Honor, 2012)

Night on Neighborhood Street, Penguin Group (Author Honor, 1992)

Nathaniel Talking, Writers & Readers (Author Honor, 1990)

Childtimes: A Three-Generation Memoir, HarperCollins (Author Honor with Lessie Jones Little, 1980)

Africa Dream, HarperCollins (Author Award, 1978)

Mary McCleod Bethune, HarperCollins (Author Honor, 1978)

Paul Robeson, Lee & Low (Author Honor, 1976)


Night on Neighborhood Street, Penguin Group (Illustrator Honor, 1992)

Nathaniel Talking, Writers & Readers (Illustrator Award, 1990)


The Creation, Holiday House (Illustrator Award, 1995)

Uncle Jed's Barbershop, Simon & Schuster (Illustrator Honor, 1994)


The Blacker the Berry, HarperCollins (Author Honor, 2009)

Brown Honey in Broom Wheat Tea, HarperCollins (Author Honor, 1994)

Bright Shadow, HarperCollins (Author Honor, 1984)

Thursday, January 15, 2015

A DRAGON’S GUIDE TO THE CARE AND FEEDING OF HUMANS, by Laurence Yep and Joanne Ryder, reviewed in School Library Journal

For the first time, Laurence Yep and Joanne Ryder team up as husband-and-wife collaborators on a middle grade fantasy novel, and here is the School LibraryJournal review of their book, A DRAGON’S GUIDE TO THE CARE AND FEEDING OFHUMANS (Crown/Random House):

“When a dragon loses her longtime ‘pet’ human, she is surprised to find herself now paired with the woman’s great-niece, Winnie, a curious and capable 10-year-old. Though Miss Drake is a curmudgeonly dragon, she gradually warms to her new companion and introduced her to the magical creatures that live secretly in their city of San Francisco. Miss Drake narrates the tale with an engaging, whimsical tone. She is proud, snobbish, and modern; her human disguises reflect the latest fashions, and she keeps in touch with magical friends via cell phone. Her impatience with Winnie develops into respect and affection as she observes the girl in action, and their relationship is convincing and enjoyable…. With a black-and-white spot illustration opening most chapters, an engaging narrator, and a consistently fluid writing style, this title makes a fine dragon choice for readers not yet ready for more weighty fantasy novels. “

Miss Drake would love to come to your school and see if any of your students are ‘pet’ worthy, but she had to bring Joanne Ryder along. For information on how to book Joanne, visit her pages on Balkin Buddies.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Judy Young's DIGGER AND DAISY GO TO THE CITY reviewed in Kirkus

In their review of DIGGER AND DAISY GO TO THE CITY (Sleeping Bear Press), by JudyYoung and illustrated by Dana Sullivan, Kirkus is clearly charmed by this delightful duo:

Digger and Daisy would also love to go to your school but Judy Young has to accompany them. To find out how to book Judy, be sure to visit her website.